Fiber Optics

CommScope to increase U.S. fiber optic cable production to connect underserved communities

CommScope’s expansion will introduce a new HeliARC fiber optic cable, specifically designed for the needs of rural deployments while investing $47 million CapEx in the U.S. toward expanding fiber optic cable production focused on rural applications.

Empire Access to expand fiber optic network in Pennsylvania

This expansion comes as Empire Access recently announced plans to build fiber in nearby Pennsylvania communities, Williamsport and Scranton.

Luna Innovations wins fiber optic monitoring system contract for major U.S. clean energy project

Luna’s technology will provide temperature, depth of burial, and acoustic monitoring for the power cables that form the backbone of the system. The monitoring services will help ensure safe, efficient delivery of renewable, reliable, low-cost power over the area’s 300-mile transmission line.

EXA deploys Infinera’s fiber optic solution across European submarine cable system

This project creates a unique fiber optic network connecting Milan, Tirana, Athens, Sofia, and Istanbul with high-quality, high-performance, and ultra-reliable digital infrastructure.

Fastwyre to build “robust” fiber optic network in Oakdale, Louisiana

Fastwyre is committed to expanding in Louisiana as it recently launched a successful fiber optic network in Westlake and plans to bring service to the southwest Louisiana communities of DeRidder and Leesville in the coming weeks.

Alabama House approves $660 million in funding for water, sewer, broadband upgrades

The Alabama House on Tuesday advanced a plan to use the state’s final $1 billion in federal pandemic relief funds mostly on a mix of water and sewer infrastructure, broadband expansion and health care reimbursements.

Ziply to acquire fiber optic network provider in Washington, Idaho

Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Liberty Lake, WA, Ptera serves more than 4,000 customers in the cities of Airway Heights, Cheney, Liberty Lake, Medical Lake, Otis Orchards and more. All Ptera employees will join the Ziply Fiber team as part of the acquisition.

Zipfly Fiber upgrades copper infrastructure to fiber optic network across Washington, Oregon

With the addition of these markets, Ziply Fiber has announced new fiber construction projects in more than 90 cities and towns across the Northwest since it began its extensive fiber expansion efforts in the summer of 2020.

Crown Electrokinetics partners with telecommunication infrastructure company to build fiber optic network across Northwest US

The agreement expands Crown’s customer base and geographic coverage with operations now in Washington, and soon to expand to Oregon and California.

Fastbridge to begin constructing fiber optic network in Pennsylvania

The expansion is part of a multi-year initiative to build fiber internet in areas of Pennsylvania where there hasn’t been a competitive choice or access to fiber-optic internet.

Metronet expands fiber optic network throughout Grand Rapids, Michigan

Metronet’s fully funded multimillion-dollar investment will provide more residents and businesses throughout the city with access to Metronet’s ultra-high-speed, multi-gigabit fiber optic internet.

Illinois city declared a Certified Gigabit City with expansive fiber optic network

Metronet has officially declared East Moline a Certified Gigabit City Powered by Metronet after the company’s ultra-high-speed, multi-gigabit fiber optic network became accessible to a majority of households and businesses throughout the city.

Fiber Experiences Record Growth in 2022

(UI) — As the year 2023 begins, the fiber optic cable industry hopes to build on a record year for deployment of fiber to the home (FTTH). In 2022, a record number of homes (7.9 million) were connected to fiber, according to a survey made by RVA, LLC. That brings the total of broadband-connected addresses in the United States to nearly 40 million.

Bolivar Energy Authority forms partnership to connect customers to fiber network in rural Tennessee

Render Networks, a global leader in geospatial network construction technology, and Irby Utilities, a turnkey utility fulfillment and broadband solutions provider announced Bolivar Energy Authority (BEA) leveraged a combined construction and operations solution to move  from deployment to connecting its first customers in just ten weeks.

Point Broadband receives major investment to bring fiber optic networks to rural communities

Point Broadband Fiber Holding will receive a significant growth investment from funds affiliated with Berkshire Partners, a leading private investment firm with deep experience in digital infrastructure.

Greenlight announces $9 million fiber optic expansion plan for New York’s Hudson Valley region

(UI) — New York’s Greenlight Networks has announced that it is bringing its sought-after fiber optic Internet network into the Hudson Valley, with underground construction scheduled to begin in the hamlets of Mechanicstown and Scotchtown in spring 2023.

Michigan partnership to develop 90-mile fiber route connecting Southfield to Lansing

(UI) — Three Michigan companies, 123NET, DayStarr Communications and Peninsula Fiber Network, announced a new 90-mile fiber route connecting Southfield to Lansing. Underground construction has begun and will continue for approximately 18 months.

Strategic Partnership Brings Affordable, Reliable Fiber to Rural Communities

(UC) — According to a 2021 study from BroadbandNow, at least 42 million Americans do not have access to broadband internet. Access to affordable and reliable broadband in the 21st century is largely considered a critical infrastructure necessity, just like transportation, electricity and water.

Lightpath establishes 135-mile all-fiber network in Miami Metro region

(UC) — Lightpath has entered the Miami market for fiber connectivity solutions by establishing a 135-mile, all-fiber network throughout the Miami Metro region.

USDA to provide $759 million in grants for broadband internet

The Agriculture Department announced it is making available $759 million in grants and loans to enable rural communities to access high-speed internet, part of the broader $65 billion push for high-speed connectivity from last year’s infrastructure law.

Report: Connecticut city scraps plan to build city-owned broadband

New Haven is scrapping the idea of building a city-owned high-speed internet network and now plans instead to encourage expansion of existing, largely private broadband services.

Lumos investing $50 million to install broadband in North Carolina

Lumos will install more than 600 miles of the latest fiber-optic technology in Durham and Orange counties, North Carolina.

FCC rejects SpaceX’s Starlink, LTD bid for $2 billion in broadband subsidies

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rejected SpaceX's Starlink and LTD Broadband's long-form applications for more than $2 billion in internet service subsidies via the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund program, the Commission said on Wednesday.

Federal program to help Alaska villages install broadband infrastructure

Alaska will receive at least $100 million through a new federal program to expand high-speed internet to underserved rural areas and promote workforce development, officials said.

Hylan to build fiber optic network for New Jersey tunnel project

Global InterXchange LLC (GIX) has selected Hylan to be the contractor to build the metro dark fiber network via the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) tunnel, the company said on Tuesday.

Shentel to expand fiber network throughout South Central Pennsylvania

Glo Fiber, powered by Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel), has agreed to expand its fiber optic network to the Waynesboro, Shippensburg, and Greencastle boroughs in Pennsylvania.

Magellan kicks off fiber construction in US

Magellan, which develops next-generation fiber networks, has commenced the design and construction of fiber-to-the home-networks, worth over $250 million.

Funding available for fiber optic expansion, but US construction finds speed bumps

The first of those funds are reaching municipalities, businesses and other groups involved in the effort, but some say supply chain issues, labor shortages and geographic constraints will slow the rollout.

Clearwave Fiber expands in Illinois

Clearwave Fiber expands the company's fiber network into Carbondale, Illinois.

Two Vermont districts announce broadband expansion plans

Northwest FiberworX and Lamoille FiberNet have plans to expand broadband services throughout the state.